No. 15 Engineers Battle in Four Sailing Regattas

Senior Philip Crain
Senior Philip Crain

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 15 MIT sailing team took part in the Men's New England Singlehanded Championship, St. Mary's Intersectional, Hood Trophy, and Regis Bowl this past weekend. Senior Philip Crain (Houston, Texas) led the Engineers' three-man contingent at the New England Singlehanded Championship with a sixth-place performance while the best team showing was ninth place at the St. Mary's Intersectional.

Crain ranked in the top 10 in 12 of 18 rounds, placing third in the 10th race, fourth in the 17th rotation, and fifth in the seventh and 15th outings. Freshman Joe Paggi (Bayville, N.J.) captured 14th place while classmate William Livernois (Newman, Ga.) finished two spots behind him in a field of 20 competitors. Both sailors cracked the top 10 on four occasions with Paggi capturing sixth place in the eighth and 11th rounds and Livernois securing fifth in the second race of the weekend.

At the St. Mary's Intersectional, the Cardinal and Gray captured ninth place out of 18 teams. The A Division unit of seniors Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.), Kelden Pehr (Seabrook, Texas), and Mark Van de Loo (Eau Claire, Wis.) racked up seven top-five placements, highlighted by a pair of runner-up and third-place outings, en route to a ranking of eighth. Freshman Christopher Ford (Millbrae, Calif.) and senior Steven Drapcho (Newtown, Pa.) finished 10th overall as they entered the top 10 a total of 12 times and secured second place in the eighth round, fourth in the third and 16th races, and fifth in the sixth rotation.

Freshman David Larson (San Diego, Calif.) and senior Eben Freeman (Zurich, Switzerland) powered the Engineers to fifth place in the B Division of the Hood Trophy as the team finished 10th out of 19 teams. The duo entered the top 10 in seven of the 10 rounds and captured third place twice. Sophomore Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) and junior Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.) were 13th in the A Division as their five top-10 performances included rankings of fourth and fifth place in the eighth and 10th rotations, respectively.

Sophomore Laura Dunphy (Shelburne, Vt.) and freshman Audrey Olshefsky (White, Wash.) captured sixth place in the B Division of the Regis Bowl as they found themselves in the top 10 in all but two of the 12 rotations. They opened the competition with back-to-back fifth-place finishes and then won the 10th round. In the A Division, junior Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.), freshman Rosalind Lesh (Everson, Wash.), Brooke Winslow, and sophomore Samantha Albright (Madison, Conn.) ranked 14th behind the strength of two seventh and eighth-place rankings. In the final standings, MIT finished 12th out of 16 teams.

Next up for the Cardinal and Gray will be its own Midweek Tech Invite scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27.